Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino suggested that his team’s performance against Newcastle United last night was the best he’s seen since he’s been at the club.
Tottenham dominated all over the pitch and made Newcastle manager Alan Pardew’s optimism before the game look a little bit silly.
Here are five things we learned about Tottenham from the game last night.
Poch’s methods working?
Everything clicked. The high press, the consistent pressure and the defensive resilience. There’s been plenty of debate in the last few weeks over whether Pochettino can get his message across but in this instance, everything he’s saying and trying to do seems to be sinking in.
Bentaleb justifies hype
Nabil Bentaleb has been one of Tottenham’s most focused on players since he was brought into the team under ex-boss Tim Sherwood.
Some fans questioned why the youngster was in the side, but he was superb last night in all aspects of his performance and should be looking to maintain the momentum he’s now created for himself.
Kane is the man
Harry Kane is Tottenham’s best striker. He only played 68 minutes last night but he will be the man of the match in the eyes of several fans this morning. Work rate, intelligence and a genuine desire to go all out and score put him ahead of Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor.
Fazio and Vertonghen
Pochettino seems to have stumbled upon arguably his best centre back pairing. He’s started to use them consistently and they seem to be understanding each other’s games a little bit more. It makes it interesting because captain Younes Kaboul looks like he could struggle to get back into the side.
The whole atmosphere at White Hart Lane last night was much more positive. Tottenham look like a better team with the fans making plenty of noise, which the players respond to, showing that little bit of extra energy and determination to perform for the team.